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More than 150 job losses as Remploy factory closes

More than 150 workers at Remploy factories in the region face job losses after the government confirmed they will close.

The factories at Spennymoor, Gateshead, Newcastle and Ashington in the North East, and the Cleator Moor site in Cumbria will close by the end of the year.

The move has provoked anger from workers and some Labour MPs who've called it a cruel act. But ministers insist that many disability groups now accept that it is no longer appropriate to have segregated workplaces.

An £8 million support programme has been put in place to support those affected.

MP's anger over decision to close Remploy factories

The MP for Wansbeck, Ian Lavery, has challenged the Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller, over the government's decision to close Remploy factories across the country.

Four factories will be closed in the North East.

Mr Lavery said the decision will mean that thousands of disabled people will now face a 'lifetime of unemployment'.

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Unions angry at decision to close Remploy factories

The government has confirmed that four Remploy factories in the North East will close by the end of the year.

The announcement, made in the House of Commons, has been met with anger from worker's Unions who announced last week that they will be holding strike action against the decision.

GMB is very angry with the government’s confirmation today that it will close 27 Remploy factories in the first wave by December with the rest to follow shortly afterwards. To close these factories that employs disabled people in the present economic climate is a sentence to life of unemployment and poverty.

– Phil Davies, GMB National Secretary

It was announced in March that the factories in Ashington, Newcastle, Gateshead and Spennymoor will be affected by closures scheduled to begin in August.

A total of 2800 disabled workers jobs are set to go across the UK - over 150 of those will be in the North East.

Remploy workers will be taking strike action to defend their jobs as the axe is wielded by the government. By taking strike action they are trying to avoid their certain destiny of being chucked on the economic scrapheap. They deserve the support of all trade unionists and the public in Britain.

– Kevin Hepworth, Unite National Officer

Remploy workers face job losses

More than 150 workers at Remploy factories across the region will lose their jobs.

A total of five factories will be affected - Spennymoor, Gateshead, Newcastle, and Ashington in the North East, and Cleator Moor in Cumbria.

The move has provoked anger from workers and some Labour MPs who've called it 'a cruel act'. But ministers insist that many disability groups now accept that it is no longer appropriate to have segregated workplaces.

An £8 million support programme has been put in place to support those affected.